Notes from the Field

Palmer Memorial Institute State Historic Site

Charlotte Hawkins BrownPalmer Memorial Institute State Historic Site is located just 10 miles east of Greensboro NC off I-40/85, exit 135 in Sedalia, North Carolina. The state historic site preserves a school founded in 1902 by Charlotte Hawkins Brown (1883-1961). A brave young woman born in North Carolina but educated in Cambridge Massachusetts, at age 19 she established a school which provided education for rural black children otherwise forced to attend completely inadequate schools open only a few months each year.

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Beyond John Wayne

Heather Huyck, Chair of the National Collaborative for Women's History Sites published this piece about including women's stories in our narratives of "The West" in the edited volume Western Women: Their Land, Their Lives.

Beyond John Wayne (pdf)


A New Perspective on Valley Forge

A New Perspective on Valley Forge

Do you think you know the whole story of Valley Forge?

See NCWHS Board Member Ajena Rogers in her interpretation of Hanna Till, an enslaved African American who cooked for General George Washington at Valley Forge. (Video courtesy of Valley Forge National Historical Park.)

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State Woman Suffrage Celebrations Highlight March to 2020 National Anniversary

By Pam Elam

State-by-state woman suffrage celebrations have begun and these efforts will lead up to the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution on August 26, 2020. The 72-year (1848 to 1920) national battle to achieve "Votes for Women" played out in every State Capitol as well as in Congress. 

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